Project Start and Completion Dates: 2019-2020
|Scope:||Fabrication and Erection|
|Outcome:||Fabricated and Erected|
|Size:||407 tons of steel|
|Owner/Developer:||Waller Creek Conservancy and City of Austin|
|Architect:||Thomas Phifer and Partners, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture|
|Structural Engineer:||Architectural Engineers Collaborative|
Patriot Erectors received special architectural design requirements on Job 1447, a steel canopy project for the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas. The requirements called for sharp, square edges on columns. With the columns being box columns fabricated from plate, Patriot Erectors had to find a way to fabricate the columns and maintain special edges per design documents. Having these machined in a machine shop would prove to be costly, so our talented staff thought outside of the box and brainstormed potential ideas to accomplish this requirement. Due to weldability, sanding the members was identified as the most cost-effective course of action, so Gordon Satterwhite, Patriot Erectors Special Projects Manager, utilized wood floor sanders to build a machine that would give a smooth finish and sharp edges. In building the machine, Patriot’s Procurement Team found a supplier in New York to provide the correct type of sanding drums that would work on steel products. The sander was built at the South Shop at Trinity, Texas. Shop personnel are now calling this new machine The Gordon. Visit our LinkedIn Page to see the sander in action.
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